On Tuesday of this week, we saw the Manx born musical legend Barry Gibb, 71, pick up a Knighthood for his services to music.
The last surviving member of the global chart-topping Bee Gees was at Buckingham Palace to receive his award and dedicated the honour to his late brothers and band mates Maurice and Robin.
Now in case you have been living under a rock for the past 50 years, the Bee Gees are one of THE GREATEST selling artists of all time with 220 million records sold worldwide and 15 Grammy Award wins.
Hits such Stayin’ Alive, More Than a Woman and You Should Be Dancing still to this day can be heard blasting out at weddings and parties. Their famous falsetto harmonies, big hair and beards, white jeans and gold medallions only further cemented them in legendary status.
They also have claim to the greatest selling and arguably most famous movie soundtrack of all time, Saturday Night Fever, which following it’s release in 1977 sold 16 million copies in the USA alone and stayed at number 1 of the US Billboard charts for a whopping 24 weeks. The incredibly talented songwriters also penned hits for Diana Ross, Barbara Streisand, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
Who would have thought this success story would have all began on our little Island, with the Gibb brothers spending the earliest years of their lives in Douglas, living in such areas as St Catherine’s Drive, Spring Valley and Willaston, before relocating to Manchester in the early 1950’s.
Now granted, we cannot necessarily claim it was our Island that gave the brothers their shot at stardom but the Gibbs have never forgotten their routes. The Bee Gees even released a special cover version of Ellan Vannin and spoke in detail of their childhood years on the Island.
Both Barry and Robin were given the ‘Freedom of Douglas’ in 2009 and Robin Gibb spent much of his final years living just outside Peel until his death in 2012.
As Sir Barry continues to tour around the world, I can’t help but think that a one-off concert on the Island would be a huge triumph for both the musical champion and the Isle of Man.
Now I’m not trying to put any ideas into people’s heads but…let’s make it happen.